STREAMING SATURDAY: Netflix in September

Netflix in September will bring the second season of an original series and a documentary on sexual assault. Both should make for some entertaining and thought-provoking streaming.

Netflix is the perfect entertainment source for myself and Mrs. Buckler. While she tends to prefer madcap, screwball comedies, she’ll sometimes surprise me by suggesting we watch darker movies, series, and documentaries. (The latter is my favorite. She got us into the first season of Narcos, and now we’re both excited that season two premieres late next month. Before we see that, I plant to recommend we watch Netflix’s upcoming documentary, Audrie and Daisy. So far, the September lineup looks great for the streaming service.

Pablo Escobar on the Run
The second season of Narcos is set to premier September 2. The first season of this Netflix original series focused on drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s rise to power, eventual prison sentence, and escape. Season two focuses on Escobar’s fleeing and the Columbian authorities’ pursuit of him.

Each episode of Narcos is told from dual perspectives: that of the Escobar himself, as well as that of Steve Murphy, the America DEA agent working in Columbia during Escobar’s reign. In the series, Escobar is played by Wagner Moura and Murphy is played by Boyd Holbrook. The supporting cast includes Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie, and Paulina Gaitan.

Sexual Assault and Online Harassment
Social media complicates everything, including cases of alleged sexual assault. This issues are examined in Audrie and Daisy, the upcoming Netflix documentary. The documentary tells the story of Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, two young women in separate communities who were allegedly sexually assaulted then suffered from online harassment as a result.

Husband-and-wife directorial team Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk take a hard look at both girls’ cases. The couple interviews people in the girls’ communities, as well as pouring over social media, police reports, and court documents. The documentary was originally shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Netflix. Audrie and Daisy is set to premier on the streaming site on September 23.

Streaming is King at Casa del Buckler

In his recent Solid Signal podcast, my friend Stuart Sweet frankly discusses why this summer’s dismal movie season. He pretty much nails it, so there’s no need for me to repeat his efforts. I will add to them, though. Given the high costs and low quality of today’s blow-em-up blockbusters is another reason why Mrs. Buckler and I would rather stay home and stream. We don’t have to pay a babysitter, we get better programming, and we can put as much butter on the popcorn as we want. We’re more than happy with what we’re watching on Netflix.
Speaking of what’s on Netflix, here are all the programs and original shows for September 2016:

September 2
Chef’s Table: France
Lost & Found Music Studios
Narcos, Season 2
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs

September 7
From Dusk Till Dawn, Season 3

September 13
Extremis

September 16
The White Helmets

September 22
Easy

September 23
Iliza Schlesinger: Confirmed Kills
Audrie & Daisy
Longmire

September 30
Amanda Knox
Luke Cage